1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Corrupted Laughter: Corrupted Laughter: Chapter 2

by Midnight Heart

Midnight Heart A young, disheveled, starving orphan discovers what they want to be in life, but in the process, accidentally stumbles down a darker path, making their goal even more difficult to achieve. Will their heart remain pure and unwavering, or will it become corrupted and dark?
After saying goodbye to Mr. Unigma, and searching the apple trees in the park, Trivvy decided it was time to head back to the shed they were temporarily living in. They went through the town square on their way back to the farm where the shed resided, hoping that Amy and Roy were still there, and were disappointed upon finding the makeshift stage empty, and the funnily dressed duo nowhere to be seen. Since the stage was still there, perhaps they would be back tomorrow?

Trivvy bit into one of the apples they found, as they continued their walk. Speaking of tomorrow, they wondered what Mr. Unigma would teach them tomorrow. They still couldn't believe that someone actually wanted to teach them! Maybe he would teach them more advanced math? Or maybe he would teach them about that one fancy sounding subject they had heard of in a book once, and couldn't quite make sense of. Gemotry? Geomity? They couldn't remember what it was called.

Ooh, or maybe he would teach them science! Mixing things together to create different concoctions sounded cool, they would be like a witch! ...Or was that a different subject? Either way, they were excited nonetheless.

Finishing their apple, and then throwing the core into a nearby trash can, Trivvy decided to save the second apple they found for tomorrow. It was beginning to get cold again as the sun went down, and they shivered. At least they would have a mostly full belly tonight! Maybe eventually they could somehow get some money and buy a blanket or jacket. But then again, they needed whatever money they obtained in order to get food during the colder months, as most of the berry bushes and fruit trees had nothing on them during winter. They couldn't have too many belongings either, due to having to find different shelters so often, and too many belongings would make moving from place to place difficult.


As Trivvy sat down on the ground inside the shed, after carefully placing the apple they brought back with them on the table, they began to once again think about the conversation they had had with Mr. Unigma. It seemed like a normal conversation at first, but after they thought about it a few times, they couldn't help but think it just seemed odd.

As far as they knew, people rarely wanted to just do something for someone without wanting something in exchange. And when someone did want to help someone out for no reason, not expecting any payment, it was usually only for people they were close to, from what Trivvy had gathered from watching the townsfolk interact. Unigma had just met them, yet offered to tutor them for free. He had said he liked teaching children, and watching them learn, but for some reason, Trivvy couldn't help but find that reasoning odd.

Oh well, perhaps they were simply over thinking the conversation too much, and that's why it now seemed odd. Trivvy began getting ready to lay down and go to sleep.


A loud bang from somewhere outside the shed woke Trivvy up the next morning, making them sit up, looking around in panic. What was that noise? They realized they also heard voices from somewhere outside. Oh. The farmer must have came back, and brought people along with them.

Glancing out the window, they quickly put their shoes on, grabbing the apple they brought back with them last night so they could have it for later too.

They waited until they were sure the farmer and whoever they had brought with them was not watching, and quickly dashed out of the shed. They were sure they would be yelled at and scolded if they were caught, and though they knew they probably deserved it, they didn't really have much of an option. It was either freeze to death outside, or take refuge in someone's building temporarily without them knowing, as most people would chase them off immediately due to their disheveled look if they knocked on their door and tried to ask if they could spend a night in their building.

Having successfully made it away from the shed and farmer's house without getting caught, Trivvy decided to begin the walk to town. They had quite awhile before they had to meet Mr. Unigma, as they had agreed to meet up around 3:30 PM, but they figured they could find someway to kill the time in town until then. Perhaps Amy and Roy would be back? The thought made them happy, as they had really enjoyed what little bit they watched of the duo's show yesterday.

As they made the trip back to town, Trivvy began thinking. What exactly were Amy and Roy's jobs, anyways? They had read a book once that had characters doing similar shenanigans, but they couldn't remember what the characters were called... Gowns? ...No, that certainly wasn't right. A gown was a type of clothing, they thought. They were sure it was a similar word, though... Oh, clowns! The characters were called clowns! So that's what Amy and Roy were?

If Amy and Roy performed at the town square again today, would they do similar things to what the clowns Trivvy had read about did again? They remembered the characters in the book doing all sorts of fancy tricks, cartwheels like what Roy had done yesterday, hand stands, back flips, and even made human pyramids and juggled things, along with all sorts of other interesting antics. Trivvy hoped they would, they thought it would be a very fun show if that were the case, and they'd love to see it!


Arriving at town, Trivvy noticed a few flyers had been put up that were not there yesterday. Upon investigating, they realized the flyers were advertising a show in the town square.
"At 11:30 AM, stop by the Rubith Town Square. A show one would surely not wish to miss shall be held. Tickets are not required, and any money made during the show will be donated to charity. Stop by to see amazing performers, including clowns, magicians, and even lion tamers!" Trivvy read.

That sounded quite interesting! Aside from still needing to eat the apple they found yesterday and brought with them, they didn't have anything to do until meeting with Mr. Unigma later. Trivvy very quickly decided they would be investigating the show. Maybe Amy and Roy's performance yesterday was somehow related to this show? Either way, they decided they should hurry up and eat their apple. Though they were sure it wasn't time for the show yet, they didn't know what time it was currently, and they didn't want to risk missing the show!


"Erm, excuse me, coming through!" Trivvy spoke, trying to get past the crowd of people that had gathered in the town square. They were early, yet already there was a big crowd! When was the last time they had seen the square this full, anyways? ...Had the square ever even HAD this many people occupying it at once before?!

"Come one, come all! Welcome to the first ever annual Rubith Town Festival! In celebration of..." A man spoke loudly from the makeshift stage that had been set up yesterday. Oh. Trivvy thought they were early, looks like they were right on time instead. At least they wouldn't miss anything. They didn't hear what the man said the festival was in celebration of, but didn't particularly care. They were just here for the show. ...Maybe food too, if free food was available.

"We hope you all enjoy the grand festivities we have prepared for you today! Without further ado, may the festival begin!"

Hey, that orange haired lady just pulled a rabbit out of her hat! Oh, and there's a clown doing tricks too! Trivvy watched in delight as the show began, excitedly looking from one performer to the next. They noticed a cage near the back of the stage that had a dark haired man and a lion inside of it, the man holding what appeared to be chicken in his hand. What in the world was he doing?! Trying to get himself killed?! Trivvy watched in horror as the lion stepped closer to the man, menacing and terrifying... Before gently taking the chicken out of the man's hand, while the man reached out and petted the lion's head. Huh? ...That's not what they had expected at all! They were amazed. How did the man get the lion to be so friendly? Was it actually someone in a costume or something? ...No, the lion looked quite real, too real to simply be someone in a costume. How'd the guy avoid getting his face clawed off, then...?

Trivvy was distracted by a whistling noise, followed by confetti being thrown in the air from... Somewhere? Looking away from the lion cage, Trivvy noticed someone with blonde hair, dressed in clothes similar to the ones that the clown Amy had worn, holding a large hoop that was completely engulfed in flames, except for the handle she held. Wait... That was Amy, not just someone with a similar outfit and the same hair color! They smiled, happy that at least one member of yesterday's clown duo was there.

They watched in curiosity as a small light brown dog walked over to Amy, and upon Amy whistling again, hopped through the burning hoop. Trivvy briefly felt their heart stop for a moment, expecting the dog to burn itself, before letting out a sigh of relief upon seeing that the dog was okay. Amy began moving the hoop around and whistling again and again, the dog hopping through with no trouble each time the clown whistled. How cool, Trivvy thought!

"Abracadabra!" They heard someone call out from another part of the stage. They turned to see who had spoken, and saw the same orange haired magician they had seen pull a rabbit out of her hat a few minutes ago. This time, she pulled two small gray rabbits out of her hat, and they and the first rabbit were now running in circles around the woman's feet, the woman bowing as some of the crowd clapped.

Trivvy noticed a green eyed girl with dark hair like the lion tamer's, and a boy with orange hair and blue eyes who looked nearly identical to the bunny magician woman. The two were standing close to the stage at one of the sides, the girl looking shy and nervous, while the boy looked hyper and mischievous and was jumping up and down, cheering, though Trivvy couldn't make out what he was shouting. Trivvy thought the girl looked like she really didn't want to be around the hyper and loud boy.

"Well, owl about that! Miss Bunny over there is on a roll with her tricks!" A man spoke. Trivvy thought the voice sounded like Roy's. Looking towards the center of the stage, Trivvy was delighted to see that it was indeed Roy... On a one wheeled bicycle, and juggling colorful bowling pins? What? They heard people around them in the crowd giggling.

"Maybe it's about time we get on with our own performance to outshine her, eh, Amy?" Roy spoke, riding the one wheeled bicycle (They believed it was called a unicycle...?) around Amy as she had the dog jump through the burning hoop one last time, before she threw the hoop over to a clown Trivvy had never seen before, whom caught it by the non-burning handle, while the dog trotted over to them, presumably to continue it's performance. How they avoided burning themselves, Trivvy would never know.

"I believe you may be right, Roy. I don't think this one will be expected!" Amy said, seemingly excited. What were those two planning to do? They watched as Roy threw his bowling pins over to Amy, who continued to juggle them herself, while Roy stood on the seat of his unicycle, before doing a backflip off of it. Amy stopped juggling the bowling pins and hid them behind her back, only to bring her now empty hands back into view. Trivvy was very confused where the bowling pins went.

"Let us begin! Please, please, allow us to have the stage for a few moments, my fellow entertainers!" As the words left Roy's mouth, the other performers began stopping their tricks and moving to the edges of the stage.

"Meow for this performance, we will need a helper! Would anyone like to volunteer? If so, please raise your hand!" Without them realizing, Trivvy's hand was in the air.

"Ah, seems like you there are quite eager, little one!" Roy exclaimed. Trivvy looked around, wondering who Roy was speaking to, before realizing that Roy seemed to have been speaking to them. ...When had they even raised their hand?!

"Why don't you come on up and tell us your name, child?" Amy asked. Trivvy blinked in confusion as the clown walked to the edge of the stage, and extended a hand towards them, smiling softly. Hesitantly, they reached out and took Amy's hand, and then found themselves pulled up onto the stage.

"As you may have already learned, my name is Amy, and this animal pun loving fellow is my partner, Roy. What might be your name, I wonder?" Trivvy glanced back at the crowd nervously. They were honestly a bit terrified, having so many eyes watching them at once.

"U-um, my name is Trivvy, miss..." Trivvy squeaked out. Amy smiled once again.

"Nice to meet you, Trivvy. Are you ready to be part of a magnificent performance, sure to wow the crowd?"

"I... Guess so...?" Trivvy answered, voice so quiet that they weren't sure if Amy could even make out what they were saying.

"Don't worry! There's no need to be nervous, once we start the crowd won't even see you!" Amy leaned close and whispered to them, smiling. No one would see them? That made them glad, but... What exactly would they be doing?

"Now, people of Rubith Town, prepare to see a once in a life time experience! Why, you may ask? Well, we'll be doing a disappearing act! Oh, but not just any disappearing act! We are going to make not one, but TWO people disappear at once!" Amy spoke, as Trivvy noticed two purple booth things being wheeled to the center of the stage, with long, darker purple curtains on them to cover the doors. What were those for?

"Now, let us begin! Roy and young Trivvy here shall disappear, both at once! Please, step into the booths, you two!" Amy spoke. Trivvy hesitantly stepped towards one of the booths, watching as Roy disappeared into the other one, Amy reaching and pulling the curtain closed so it obscured the door after he entered. Stepping into the remaining booth and turning to face the door, Trivvy watched as Amy walked to their booth, winking at them before pulling the curtain closed, covering Trivvy with darkness due to the curtain being too thick to let light in.

They heard Amy speaking from outside the booths, but couldn't quite make out what she was saying. How would she make them and Roy disappear, Trivvy wondered. Weren't disappearing acts something magicians did, not clowns? ...Oh well, they supposed that wasn't important.

Suddenly, they heard a click, and felt themselves fall, though not far at all, and land on something soft. They assumed it was a pillow they landed on. A few seconds later, they heard gasps, and the crowd outside cheering and clapping, though it was a bit muffled. Were they underneath the stage? It was quite dark...

"Not what you expected, eh, kiddo?" A light suddenly shone next to them, a flashlight they quickly realized.

"Me and Amy unfortunately don't actually have any sort of magic or stuff like that like some of our fellow performers do, so we have to resort to cheap tricks like this from time to time. Don't tell anyone, 'kay?" Roy spoke to them cheerfully.

"Uh, okay... How'd we fall down here? I didn't see any trap doors or loose boards or anything on the stage before the booth thingies were put in place." Trivvy asked curiously.

"Ah, that. Believe it or not, there actually are trap doors in the stage! We figured out how to make ones that are so well made, they really do look just like regular ol' boards from the outside. The booths had trap doors in the bottoms too, which opened the same time the ones in the stage did." Roy explained. He pointed the flashlight up at the stage above them, showing where the trap doors in it were.

"Sorry there ain't much room under the stage, by the way. Since it's just a temporary stage that will have to be taken down later, we didn't bother putting much room underneath, just enough for people to crawl around underneath for tricks like the one we just did."

"It's fine. How long do we have to stay under here...?"

"Not long. Once we hear the other performers moving around and doing their routines again, we can leave. We want the attention to be on them, so no one will notice us leaving. There's a door at the back of the stage that we'll leave from. Shouldn't be anyone back there except for more of mine and Amy's co-workers, but just to be safe." Roy fiddled with a lock of his dark brown hair, it having fallen into his face.

Despite learning that some of the entertainers didn't actually have any magic powers or anything, and instead had to fake some of their tricks, Trivvy still couldn't help but be amazed by what they had seen today. A women pulling rabbits out of a hat that all three rabbits definitely couldn't have fit in together, clowns doing all sorts of fancy jumps and twists and more, a man somehow feeding a lion and petting it without getting mauled, a dog jumping through a burning hoop, Roy juggling and riding that weird bicycle thing, and Amy somehow making bowling pins disappear... It was all so very amazing to them, although they figured that the disappearing bowling pins must've been the work of one of the clown duo's co-workers, since Roy said him and Amy didn't have magic.

The fact that any of the performers had the courage to even be on a stage with so many people watching them, and the fact that they managed to make people laugh and enjoy watching their show made it even better to Trivvy. Trivvy wondered if maybe they could do the same thing one day, and shock people and make them laugh and be happy too.

EnviousWorm, Willow Tree and ~Rinko~ like this.